European Commissioner Phil Hogan was back in Ireland last week with a clear message for Europe’s dairy farmers to be careful not to oversupply the market with milk in 2018.

With the Republic of Ireland driving on with producing more milk, up another 7% this year, and set to reach its 2020 target of 7.5bn litres of milk two years ahead of schedule, his message was one few probably wanted to hear in Punchestown last week.